A variety show titled "Support Offender Rehabilitation for a Safer and More Inclusive Society", jointly presented by the Correctional Services Department (CSD) and Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), will be broadcast on the Jade channel tomorrow (November 1).
With the participation of a number of supporting community organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs) and the 18 District Fight Crime Committees, the variety show underlines the importance of community support and involvement in the CSD's rehabilitative work.
Speaking at the show's opening ceremony, the Commissioner of Correctional Services, Mr Sin Yat-kin, said, "The majority of persons in custody will return to the community after serving their sentences. If they are not able to successfully reintegrate into society and get back on the right track, not only will community resources be wasted, it will also lead to more crimes, resulting in more crime victims, which might be you or me. Therefore, the effectiveness of rehabilitative work is in fact very important for each of us.
"The successful rehabilitation of persons in custody largely depends on the support and acceptance of the community. I am glad that six supporting community organisations have joined for the first time with eight other NGOs and well-known charity organisations to participate in tonight's show to appeal for action by the community to support offender rehabilitation. I sincerely hope that seeds of care in the community can be spread to every corner of Hong Kong. Let us work together to build a safer and more harmonious society."
The 15 supporting organisations attending the variety show were Fung Ying Seen Koon, Phoenix Charitable Foundation, Tung Sin Tan, Yan Oi Tong, Yan Chai Hospital, Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon, Po Leung Kuk, the Confucian Academy, Pok Oi Hospital, Sik Sik Yuen, the Care of Rehabilitated Offenders Association, Buddha's Light International Association of Hong Kong, the Merchants Support for Rehabilitated Offenders Committee, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, and the Committee on Community Support for Rehabilitated Offenders. In addition, the Chairmen and members of the 18 District Fight Crime Committees also attended the show to appeal for community support for offender rehabilitation.
The variety show is scheduled for broadcast at 7.30pm tomorrow, and features performances by popular singers and sharing by TV artists on their experience in making the drama series "Tomorrow is Another Day" and their understanding of the rehabilitative work of the CSD.
Ends/Friday, October 31, 2014
Issued at HKT 14:09